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The Giver is a wise, older man who has a special place of honor in the community. He is one of a long chain of Receivers of Memory. Each Receiver becomes a Giver when he passes on the memories to the next Receiver of Memory. It is the job of the Giver/Receiver to hold all the memories from the past for the community. Some memories are painful, so it is felt that it is better if only one person holds them, thus saving the community from much pain.
At times, the Elders call on the Receiver/Giver to counsel them on proposed changes in the community. He is able to use the memories to better judge what the likely results of changes would be. He is in a position to save the community from making mistakes. He is compassionate when he gives memories to Jonas. At first he gives him only pleasant memories. But, after a time, he begins to give him the painful ones. Each day when he gives him painful memories, he ends the session with a pleasant one. He remembers how it was to be a Receiver to Be because that is how he started, back when he himself was a Twelve.
As time passes, he and Jonas develop a plan to help themselves and the
community as a whole. If the plan works, the community will receive memories.
This will enable them to see color and to love. The Giver/Receiver and
Jonas will be free to do as they choose.
Father is the father of Jonas and Lily. His Assignment is Nurturer. He has always enjoyed taking care of the newchildren. When he became a Twelve, because the Elders had noticed his interest, he was give the Assignment of Nurturer. Nurturers take care of the newchildren until they become a One, receive a name, and are given to a family. Sometimes they must release a newchild.
When one of the newchildren is in danger of being released because he
has trouble sleeping through the night, Father decides to bring him home
each night. Even though he is not supposed to do so, Father looks up what
name is planned for the newchild so that he can use the name to soothe
the boy. Because of Fatherís efforts, his release date is postponed. Father
calls Jonas Jonas-bonus and he calls Lily Lily-billy.
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